Thomas Jefferson Building Access – March 4
On Monday, March 4, scheduled maintenance work on the building’s west front will reduce access to the Jefferson Building. The West Basement (Carriage), West Main (first floor) doors as well as the west front parking lot will be closed to staff and researchers. The building is closed to the general public on Mondays. There is no impact to James Madison Memorial or John Adams...
February 22, 2024
Live! at the Library to Feature Gershwin Prize Honoree Bernie Taupin
Gershwin Prize honoree Bernie Taupin will sit down with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden for a special conversation during Live! at the Library on March 21. The Library also will celebrate Women’s History Month with events highlighting women figures in historical texts and novels. Also, challenge your knowledge and discover how the Library preserves and celebrates the diverse stories and accomplishments of women during...
February 21, 2024
Library of Congress to Celebrate National Cherry Blossom Festival
The Library of Congress will host its annual Japanese Culture Day in celebration of the 2024 National Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual commemoration of Japan’s 1912 gift to the U.S. of 3,020 cherry trees.Japanese Culture Day will take place at the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring family activities, including Japanese drum and traditional dance...
February 21, 2024
Jefferson Building Access February 24
On Saturday, February 24, due to a scheduled maintenance event in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building all reading rooms, exhibitions, public spaces and the Library Shop will be closed for the entire day, and no timed-entry passes will be offered to the public. There is no impact to James Madison Memorial or John Adams buildings.Normal access to the reading rooms in the Jefferson Building...
February 20, 2024
Library To Host an Advance Screening with Stars of Apple TV+ Series "Manhunt"
The Library of Congress will host an early screening of the first episode of “Manhunt,” Apple’s upcoming seven-part true crime limited series, ahead of its global debut on March 15 on Apple TV+. The screening will feature a panel discussion with the series' stars and executive producers in the Coolidge Auditorium on Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. Free tickets can be obtained at...
February 13, 2024
Library of Congress Acquires Papers of Academy Award-Winning Songwriter Leslie Bricusse
The Library of Congress has acquired the papers of songwriter Leslie Bricusse, best known for writing scores for the stage and film musicals, “Doctor Dolittle” (1967), with its Oscar-winning “Talk to the Animals;” collaborating with Anthony Newley on “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971) for a score that included the No. 1 hit song, “The Candy Man” and the much-beloved “Pure Imagination;” and...
February 1, 2024
Join the Library of Congress for Douglass Day 2024 and Black History Month Events
The Library of Congress’ By the People initiative, in collaboration with the Center for Black Digital History at Pennsylvania State University, are inviting the public to show some love for Frederick Douglass on Feb. 14 by joining a transcribe-a-thon focused on his letters housed at the Library. In a first-of-its-kind, multi-year agreement with Penn State, the Library wants Americans to take a deep dive...
February 1, 2024
Library of Congress to Host Panel on Longevity Science
The Library of Congress will host a panel with leading experts in the fields spanning the sciences and the arts to explore the latest developments in longevity science and how cognitive wellness affects quality of life. Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center and the Health Sciences Division, in conjunction with the Longevity Science Foundation, the panel will discuss the ethics involved in longevity science,...
Library of Congress, National Park Service Announce 2023 Holland Prize Winner
The Library of Congress and the National Park Service announced today that the 2023 Leicester B. Holland Prize will be presented to Shelbye Doyen, Chanen Hanson, Laura Hershner, Victoria Hill and Sol Scherer-Estevez, students attending the Architecture/Interior Architecture Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, for a drawing of Illinois Beach State Park, South Bathhouse in Zion, Lake County, Illinois.The Illinois...
January 22, 2024
Library of Congress Launches New Website for Americans to Share COVID-19 Stories
The Library of Congress announced today that it has launched the COVID-19 Archive Activation website, in collaboration with StoryCorps, to encourage all Americans to share their COVID-19 stories, or interview others about their pandemic experiences. Stories submitted through the Archive Activation website will be deposited into the collections of the American Folklife Center and made accessible at archive.StoryCorps.org.By creating a tool to collect and...
January 17, 2024
Library of Congress Awards Nearly $400,000 to Six Projects Highlighting Uses of Digital Collections
The Library of Congress today announced that six awards totaling nearly $400,000 have been awarded from the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative through a program available to Higher Education Institutions and Libraries, Archives and Museums. The program is part of the Library’s Of the People: Widening the Path initiative with support from the Mellon Foundation. The 2024 awardees will use these funds to create projects...
January 11, 2024
Library of Congress Opens Search for Next Innovator in Residence
The Library of Congress is looking for its next Innovator in Residence. Through March 5, the Library invites technologists, artists and other creative visionaries to propose imaginative proofs of concept designed to help the public connect with digital Library materials. The 2024-2025 Library of Congress Innovator in Residence will work with the Library’s Digital Innovation Division (LC Labs) to bring their proposal to life...
January 10, 2024
Library of Congress and American Library Association Announce New Educational Book Series
The Library of Congress will co-publish a new educational series titled “Discover and Learn with the Library of Congress” in association with ALA Editions, the book publishing arm of the American Library Association. Combining facsimiles of primary sources from the Library’s unparalleled collections with background information and teaching strategies, titles in the series will present classroom-ready materials for teachers, librarians and home educators working...
January 9, 2024
Library of Congress Awards More than $160,000 to Artists, Scholars to Remix Digital Collections
Connecting Communities Digital Initiative Announces Two Artist/Scholar-in-Residence Library AwardsThe Library of Congress today announced two awards totaling more than $160,000 have been awarded from the Connecting Communities Digital Initiative through a program available to artists and scholars. The program is part of the Library’s Of the People: Widening the Path initiative. The 2024 awardees, Maya Freelon and Allie Martin, will use these funds to...
Library of Congress Expands 2024 Literacy Awards Program
The Library of Congress announced today it is expanding the scope of the Literacy Awards Program in 2024 by adding two new award categories to recognize literacy organizations in the United States and abroad. Applications are being accepted from Jan. 8 to Feb.19.The Library of Congress Literacy Awards, sponsored by David M. Rubenstein since 2013, honor organizations that provide exemplary, innovative and replicable strategies...
December 21, 2023
Explore Exhibitions at the Library of Congress During Live! at the Library in January
Explore Exhibitions at the Library of Congress During Live! at the Library in JanuaryExplore exhibitions about the nation’s long tradition of volunteering for a variety of groups and causes, see some of the vast photography holdings of the Library of Congress and celebrate the creativity of songwriters George and Ira Gershwin at Live! at the Library in January. On Thursday evenings in January, the...
December 13, 2023
25 Films Selected for Preservation in National Film Registry
Twenty-five influential films have been selected for the 2023 Library of Congress National Film Registry, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today. The films are selected each year for their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance to preserve the nation’s film heritage.The newest selections include a diverse group of films, filmmakers and Hollywood landmarks exploring the drama of history, social justice and reform, the experiences...
December 12, 2023
Library of Congress Announces Spring 2024 Concert Series
Spring 2024 will see the inauguration of a landmark celebration for the 100th anniversary of the Concerts at the Library of Congress series, presenting a packed roster of 27 vibrant, exciting chamber music, jazz, dance and popular music events. Performances by the Goldmund String Quartet, the Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble and cellist Seth Parker Woods open the spring concert season beginning in January. On Feb....
December 11, 2023
Holiday Schedule Dec. 2023-Jan. 2024
The following is the holiday operation schedule, including building closures, for the Library of Congress for December 2023 and early January 2024:Monday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day)All Library buildings will be CLOSED.Monday, Jan. 1, 2024 (New Year’s Day)All Library buildings will be CLOSED.Monday, Jan. 15, 2024 (Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday)All Library buildings will be CLOSED.The Library’s public spaces and reading rooms will operate as...
December 7, 2023
American Archive of Public Broadcasting Preserves 2,000 'Le Show' Radio Programs
This December, to mark the 40th anniversary of celebrated actor, author, director, musician, political satirist and broadcaster Harry Shearer’s weekly hour-long public radio series “Le Show,” the American Archive of Public Broadcasting, a collaboration between the Library of Congress and Boston public media producer GBH, is launching the “Le Show” Collection, a publicly accessible digital archive of more than 2,000 hours of broadcasts, stretching...
November 29, 2023
Library of Congress Webinar on Human Rights Day: Science Literacy and the Law
The Law Library of Congress will host a webinar on Thursday, Dec. 7, to discuss how science literacy helps the law, including handling of evidence at all stages of its journey through the criminal justice system. Sarah Cooper, a 2017 Law Library scholar-in-residence, will explain how science helps the law to understand the world in which legal policy, including human rights standards like the...
November 28, 2023
Library of Congress Hosts Virtual Panel on Artificial Intelligence and Cancer
The Library of Congress will host its annual Cancer Moonshot panel discussion on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. Led by the Health Services Division and the Researcher Engagement and General Collections Division at the Library, the virtual event will bring together renowned international experts working on artificial intelligence for cancer screening, immunotherapy, imaging, and the ethics involved in using AI to provide their...
Library Seeks Applicants for the 2024 Junior Fellows Program
The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its next Junior Fellows Program, a summer internship held from May 20, 2024, to July 26, 2024. This 10-week, full-time paid internship is open to undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates interested in learning and conducting research using the resources of the largest library in the world. Remote and on-site project opportunities are available. The...
Library Announces 2023 Music Commissions from Koussevitzky Foundation
The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to six composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present the world premiere of each work.Winning composers for 2023 and the groups co-sponsoring their commissions are Lembit Beecher and Ensemble Échappé; Ashkan Behzadi and Ensemble Recherche; Michael Finnissy and...
Materials from the Musical 'Hadestown' Added to Library of Congress Collections
The Library of Congress has added rare materials from the development of the Tony Award-winning musical “Hadestown” to its collections, thanks to a donation from the show’s Tony Award-winning creator, singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell. Items donated by Mitchell tell the story of the show’s development, including draft lyrics written on a yellow legal pad; memorabilia including promotional posters and a postcard from the very first...
October 10, 2023
Library of Congress Appoints Stephanie Stillo Chief of Rare Book and Special Collections
The Library of Congress has named Stephanie Stillo as the new chief of the Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division. Stillo, who assumed her new role on Oct. 9, joined the Library in 2016. She has served as the curator of the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection and the Aramont Library — two of the division’s notable collections.The Rare Book and Special Collections Division...
Library Open for Federal Holiday Oct. 9
The Library of Congress will be open to visitors with timed-entry passes on the federal Columbus Day holiday, Monday, October 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., including public spaces in the Thomas Jefferson Building and all exhibitions.In addition, the Main Reading Room in the Jefferson building will be open for visitors to view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. via the Great Hall...
September 27, 2023
Advisory: Possible Federal Government Shutdown
In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government effective 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, all Library of Congress buildings will be CLOSED to the public and researchers.All public events will be cancelled. Also, all inquiries and requests to the Library of Congress web-based services will not be received or responded to until the shutdown ends. Information on loc.gov will not be...
September 19, 2023
Library Welcomes Science and Social Studies Teachers for New School Year
The Library of Congress began the 2023-2024 school year by welcoming two teachers to its Capitol Hill campus. Kelsey Beeghly, a science curriculum and assessment coordinator from Orlando, Florida, will serve as the Library’s 2023-2024 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow.Tyron Bey, a middle school social studies teacher from Prince George’s County, Maryland, has been named the 2023-2024 Teacher-in-Residence at the Library of Congress.Beeghly and...
Library of Congress Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a Danzón Class
The Library of Congress joins National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations with a special danzón dance class and performance and 50 audio recordings added to its historic PALABRA Archive, which turns 80 this year. The monthlong celebration from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 highlights the culture, history and contributions of the Hispanic community to the nation.As part of the celebrations through Live at the Library,...
September 12, 2023
Innovator in Residence Invites Public to Experience Chinatown Reconstruction
Artist, educator and 2023 Library of Congress Innovator in Residence Jeffrey Yoo Warren is inviting the public to visit an immersive 3D reconstruction of historic Providence, Rhode Island’s Chinatown in 1914, recreated using archival photographs and records from the Library’s collection. The model is the first part of Yoo Warren’s project, Seeing Lost Enclaves: Relational Reconstructions of Erased Historic Neighborhoods of Color, which aims...
September 8, 2023
Library of Congress Announces 2023 Literacy Awards on International Literacy Day
Three organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading will be awarded the 2023 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today. Top prizes are being awarded to The News Literacy Project, Downtown Boxing Gym and Worldreader.The Literacy Awards program, sponsored by David M. Rubenstein since 2013, honors organizations that provide exemplary, innovative and replicable strategies to combat illiteracy. For...
Librarian of Congress Names New Inspector General
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today, the appointment of Glenda B. Arrington as the inspector general for the Library of Congress. Formerly the inspector general of the Air Force Test Center, Arrington’s more than 35-year career comprises a broad professional portfolio spanning the public and private sector, academia, community outreach, and nonprofit board leadership. Arrington has extensive leadership experience and has served for...
Library of Congress, National Park Service Announce 2022 Holland Prize Winner
The Library of Congress and the National Park Service announced today that the 2022 Leicester B. Holland Prize will be presented to Lukas Burgher for a drawing of the historic Grace Methodist Episcopal Church in Lincoln, Virginia.The Holland Prize honors an outstanding historic building, structure or landscape measured drawing prepared to the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American Engineering Record, or...